Kenyans Are Scared of DP Ruto’s Insatiable Appetite For Public Land

William Ruto in court when he was charged together with Joshua Kulei and former commissioner of land over the illegal acquisition of Ngong forest

William Ruto controversially acquired land that had originally been allocated to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) by the government along Langata road near Wilson Airport on which he constructed the multi-million shillings Weston Hotel

By The Weekly Vision

Kenyans are scared at Deputy President William Ruto’s notoriety for grabbing parcels of public land. They are now worried that should he get elected into office as Kenya’s next president, his greed for may grow even bigger. The DP is faced with land scandals in most corners of the country, from the capital city of Nairobi to the Coast.

The parcels of land William Ruto calls his, are not small plots, some are thousands upon thousands of acres, the latest being his public confirmation that he owns 2,500 acres that once belonged to a former legislator Basil Criticos at the coast. The region is home to thousands of locals who are still squatters on land that is rightfully their ancestral land. There are also reports that he has vast acres of land in Mombasa, Malindi and Kilifi.

Reports from the ground indicate that the DP has turned part of the huge land he claims he was gifted by Mr Criticos into a commercial crocodile farm, diverted natural springs of water to the firm as locals go without the precious commodity, and the rivers have effectively dried up.

People here are faced with an acute shortage of water for both human and animal use, especially in the lower lands that heavily depended on the natural springs and rivers for the water for home as well as agricultural purposes.

Deputy President William Ruto is seeking to become Kenyan next president, he says he’ll create a Bottom’s Up Economic model as soon as he takes power after the August 9th, 2022 elections, yet he is openly executing a highly capitalistic Top Bottom System model here. Basil Criticos was just recently awarded Khs. 2.2 billion by a court concerning part of the land the DP claims he was gifted.

The late Adrian Muteshi

How he received the land as a gift is a mystery to many Kenyans considering the said land is hundreds of kilometres away from his ancestral home in Sugoi in the Uasin Gishu County? In Nairobi, there is also the undying story of how Ruto controversially acquired land that had originally been allocated to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) along Langata road near Wilson Airport on which he constructed the multi-million shillings Weston Hotel.

The Deputy President also attempted to grab the adjacent Langata Primary School playground with intention of converting it into a parking lot for the Weston Hotel car park, the matter exploded in the face when pupils, teachers, parents and other stakeholders demonstrated against the land grab.

The Deputy President once defended himself against accusations of land grabbing in Nairobi’s high-end Karen estate where he also has private and official residences. Through lawyer Kioko Kilukumi, the DP told a Nairobi court that he was not involved in the scandal as was being claimed by some opposition leaders.

There is also the question of the 100 acres of land in Turbo that the DP had grabbed from the late Adrian Muteshi soon after the deadly post-election violence in 2007. The high court found him guilty of having acquired that land irregularly and slapped him with a fine of Khs. 5 million. He was ordered to hand over the land back to the rightful owner.

Ruto is also said to have been involved in the grabbing of 4,000 acres of land, part of which is earmarked as the next sewerage treatment plant for Nairobi.

 

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